Veteran Benefits

Military Friendly SchoolNorth Arkansas College is approved by the Arkansas State Approving Agency to provide education and training services to members of the United States of America Armed Forces that have earned an education benefit through Veteran’s Affairs (VA).  Military Education Benefits include the Montgomery GI Bill® (chapters 30 & 1606), Post 9/11 GI Bill® (chapter 33), Survivors and Dependents Assistance (chapter 35), and VA Vocational Rehabilitation (chapter 31).  Northark’s VA School Certifying Official (SCO) for military education benefits is located in the Advising Center on the South Campus of North Arkansas College.  The SCO will certify to the VA the service member’s approved degree or certificate and will also certify that the veteran is taking courses within the approved degree plan each semester. 

 

The Northark VA School Certifying Official may be contacted by calling 870.391.3223.  All service members and/or dependents can contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in Muskogee, Ok for information regarding their qualifications for these programs by calling 1.888.442.4551 or visit https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/get_started.asp.

 

IMPORTANT STEPS

  • Apply online at the VA website for educational benefits, https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/, the VA will then provide you with a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) that is to be provided to the School Certifying Official.
  • Complete the Northark Admissions requirements, enroll into classes, and apply for Federal and State financial aid, http://www.northark.edu/admissions/.
  • Complete the Northark VA Intake Form.
  • Complete the Certification Request Form each semester to receive the VA educational benefit.
    • VA students must be working toward a degree/certificate that has been approved by the VA and must be following the curriculum as outlined for their degree plan in the catalog, other courses cannot be certified.
    • VA will not pay for non-required repeat of classes; if North Arkansas College requires you to repeat the course in order to receive credit towards your degree, then VA will consider that required repeat and the course will be applied towards the hours required for you to receive benefits.
    • Your benefit will be paid according to your rate of pursuit, 12 credit hours within a normal length (16 weeks) semester is considered full time or 100% rate of pursuit.
  • VA students are responsible to notify the VA School Certifying Official of any changes via the Change of Certification Form in their semester status (i.e. add/drop classes, withdraw from school, graduation, change major).
  • Regular attendance of all classes is a requirement for VA payments. If you stop attending a class, VA will be notified and you may be required to pay back benefits.
  • Enrollment verification must be made at the end of each month if the veteran is receiving chapter 30 or 1606 benefits, or are pursuing a certificate. Enrollment verification may be made by calling 1.877.823.2378 or online through W.A.V.E, https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/vba/.

 

 

FORMS AND LINKS

Certification Request Form

(Every semester, when education benefits are desired, allow 30 days)

 

Certification Change Form

(Every time a schedule or degree change takes place and graduation)

 

Intake Form

(Once, when starting at Northark, to set up the VA online account to certify)

 

VA Benefits Website – Application for Educational Benefits

(This online application will provide you with a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to provide to the SCO)

 

 

For more information:

Randy Scaggs, SCO
North Arkansas College
1515 Pioneer Drive
Harrison, AR 72601
(870) 391-3223
rscaggs@northark.edu

 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

888-GIBILL-1         (888) 442-4551

 

Ask a question   (https://gibill.custhelp.va.gov/)

 

Regional Process Office
P.O. Box 8888
Muskogee, OK
74402-8888

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.